Parting ways: Saints terminate Smith, Harper, Greer's contracts; will not resign Vilma

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Former New Orleans Saints defensive backs Jabari Greer and Roman Harper take the field against the San Diego Chargers in 2012. The Saints terminated the contracts of both players on Wednesday. 
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NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis announced Wednesday that the club has terminated the contracts of cornerback Jabari Greer, safety Roman Harper and defensive end Will Smith and that they will not re-sign linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

“These were not easy decisions to make,” said Loomis. “Each of them were integral parts in turning this program around and winning a Super Bowl. They were a great example to our players as team leaders in the locker room as well.”

In five seasons with the Saints, Greer appeared in 63 games with 60 starts and recorded 290 tackles, nine interceptions and 68 passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In 2013, Greer started the first 10 games and finished with 31 tackles.

Harper was the club’s second round draft choice in 2006 out of Alabama. In eight seasons, he appeared in 108 games and started 104 of them registering registered 743 tackles, 17 sacks and seven interceptions.

Smith was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He appeared in 139 career games with 120 starts for the Saints and posted career totals of 363 tackles and 67.5 sacks.  

Vilma was acquired by the Saints in a trade in the 2008 offseason and in six seasons appeared in 70 games with 68 starts recording 530 tackles, eight sacks and six interceptions.

“I have coached and been around a lot of great players and I put these four guys right there at the top,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “They all played an important role in helping this team and this city win its first Super Bowl.”